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COLUMBUS, Ohio For the 10th-consecutive year, the Ohio State rowing team earned a bid to the NCAA championships, the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Committee announced Tuesday. The 2009 NCAA Championships are May 29-31 at Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill, N.J. Villanova will serve as the event’s host.

A web cast of all the races at the NCAA championships will be available at ncaa.com.

Unlike in past years when 12 teams, plus four at-large First Varsity Eights qualified for the national championships, in 2009 16 teams qualified and there were no at-large selections. Also new to the 2009 selection process was the announcement of the First and Second Varsity Eights and First Varsity Four heat assignments for the first day of races.

The 1V8 will compete in the first of three heats at 8:45 a.m. Friday May 29. The 2V8 will get on the water at 9:30 a.m. in the opening heat and the 1V4 will race in the second heat at 10:30 a.m.

Overall, this is the Buckeyes’ 11th appearance in the NCAA championships. Before making 10-consecutive team appearances beginning in 2000, the Scarlet and Gray First Varsity Four competed on the national stage in 1997, just the team’s second year as a varsity program.

In the 14-year history of Ohio State rowing, the Buckeyes own a program-best third-place finish as a team at the NCAA championships, accomplished in 2007 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The 1V8 finished a boat-best second that same year. A season ago in Rancho Cordova, Calif., the 2V8 was second for its all-time best national finish. The 1V4 was a third-place finisher in 2006 in West Windsor, N.J.

Three other Big Ten Conference programs will join the Buckeyes at nationals Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Fans can purchase a three-day all session pass for $25. Students, with a valid ID and children 3 years old and older, as well as those 65 years old and older can buy a three-day all-session pass for $10. An adult individual ticket is $10 and a student, senior, child individual ticket is $5. Children under 3 are admitted free. 

2009 NCAA Championships
Division I
May 29-31
Cooper River Park
Cherry Hill, N.J.

16-Team Field
Brown
California
Clemson
Dartmouth
Harvard
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Oregon State
Princeton
Southern California
Stanford
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Yale

Schedule
Friday, May 29
Time Division Event

8:45 a.m. Division I I Eights Heat 1
9 a.m. Division I I Eights Heat 2
9:15 a.m. Division I I Eights Heat 3
9:30 a.m. Division I II Eights Heat 1
9:45 a.m. Division I II Eights Heat 2
10 a.m. Division I II Eights Heat 3
10:15 a.m. Division I Fours Heat 1
10:30 a.m. Division I Fours Heat 2
10:45 a.m. Division I Fours Heat 3
3 p.m. Division I Eights Repechage
3:15 p.m. Division I II Eights Repechage
3:30 p.m. Division I Fours Repechage

Saturday, May 30
9 a.m. Division I I Eights Semifinals
9:15 a.m. Division I I Eights Semifinals
9:30 a.m. Division I II Eights Semifinals
9:45 a.m. Division I II Eights Semifinals
10 a.m. Division I Fours Semifinals
10:15 a.m. Division I Fours Semifinals

Sunday, May 31
9:45 a.m. Division I Fours Third Level (places 13-16)
10 a.m. Division I Fours Petite Final (places 7-12)
10:15 a.m. Division I Fours Grand Final (places 1-6)
10:30 a.m. Division I II Eights Third Final (places 13-16)
10:45 a.m. Division I II Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
11 a.m. Division I II Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)
11:15 a.m. Division I I Eights Third Final (places 13-16)
11:30 a.m. Division I I Eights Petite Final (places 7-12)
11:45 a.m. Division I I Eights Grand Final (places 1-6)